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Louisiana Public Broadcasting hosted
Day of Deliberation on Saturday, October 16

With the Presidential Election only weeks away, Louisiana Public Broadcasting joined with 20 other PBS stations around the country in a Day of Deliberation By the People event on Saturday, October 16 at the LPB Telecommunications Center in Baton Rouge.

The day-long discussion will center on National Security, including the war in Iraq , and the creation of jobs in a global economy. A total of 100 citizens, randomly selected by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab at the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs to mirror Baton Rouge ’s demographics, will participate. They will be surveyed before and after the event to see if their opinions have changed about the Day of Deliberation topics. After the pre-polling, the citizens will watch a background video on the subject, discuss the issues in 10 small groups, and formulate questions for the experts recruited for the group discussions.

Highlights from the Baton Rouge event will air on Wednesday, October 20 at 7PM as the Louisiana Public Square program for the month of October. It will repeat on Sunday, October 24 at 5PM . Excerpts from the Baton Rouge meeting will also be featured on Time to Choose: A By The People Election Special airing Sunday, October 24 at 6PM on LPB. In that show, the results of the Day of Deliberation groups will be compared with national polling data on what people think about these topics.

This is the second Day of Deliberation that LPB has conducted. The first was a By the People special that aired in January of 2004.

LPB’s partners in the event include The Advocate; the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); League of Women Voters, Baton Rouge Chapter; WRKF-FM; KRVS-FM; and The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the Manship School for Mass Communications at LSU.

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For more information, contact Bob Neese or Al Godoy at 800-272-8161 or 767-5660 in the Baton Rouge area.




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